Pictures of Sedimentary Rocks
Photos of Common Clastic, Chemical, and Organic Sedimentary Rock Types.
Article by: Hobart M. King, Ph.D., RPG
What Are Sedimentary Rocks?
Sedimentary rocks are formed by the accumulation of sediments. There are three basic types of sedimentary rocks.
Clastic sedimentary rocks such as breccia, conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone, and shale are formed from mechanical weathering debris.
Chemical sedimentary rocks, such as rock salt, iron ore, chert, flint, some dolomites, and some limestones, form when dissolved materials precipitate from solution.
Organic sedimentary rocks such as coal, some dolomites, and some limestones, form from the accumulation of plant or animal debris.
Photos and brief descriptions of some common sedimentary rock types are shown on this page.
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